SYNTH NEWS: UVI’s newly announced Drum Designer combines the “best of synthesis and sample-based drum techniques, breaking down drum hits to the component level and allowing users to rapidly create, edit and combine sounds with the flexibility of a synthesizer and the polish and impact of high-quality sample libraries.”
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NEW MUSIC: The PondHawks, a ‘groovy psychedelic-pop progressive’ band in Chicago recently announced the release of their new single, “River Grove” on the Riverpool Records label. Mario Novelli, born and raised in River Grove, co-wrote the song with songwriting partner, Jorie Gracen. The two formed the very popular indie band in 2007, which has over 600,000 fans worldwide.
Texas Battle of the Bands 2018 Kicks off in October hosted by Hub Streat Plano and Texas Select Radio
NEWS: Texas Select Radio has announced the 2018 Battle of the Bands at Hub Streat, a full service Culinary Entertainment Center, featuring hand crafted cocktails, craft beer, a menu for every taste from a scratch kitchen, live entertainment and a dog friendly patio. The Battle of the Bands competition starts on October 3 and will run every Wednesday (7:30 to 10:30) until Nov. 14. Semi-Final Round will be held on November 7 and the Final Round on November 14.
NJ CD Release Parties: Michael Patrick’s New Album, ‘John Wayne Movies’ Tells the Tale of Life Lessons and Love Lost
NEW MUSIC: Country, folk, Americana singer-songwriter Michael Patrick will release his latest, long overdue recording, “John Wayne Movies” with two special CD release shows on October 13, 2018 at The Lighthouse Tavern, and October 20 at Roxy and Dukes in New Jersey.
NEWS: Lindsay Ell is headlining the final Monster Energy Outbreak Tour of 2018. Lauded as “one of the most exciting and talented young artists in country music” (Forbes), Lindsay Ell is a triple threat: accomplished musician, unique vocalist and songwriter. Her first full-length album, “The Project,” debuted at No. 1 on the Country Album Sales Chart in August 2017 and was lauded as Billboard’s “Best Country Album of 2017.”
NEWS: Universal Audio has announced their new Apollo X models, now with hexacore processors as standard. The Apollo X is UA’s new flagship Thunderbolt 3 audio interfaces, “featuring elite-class A/D and D/A conversion, new HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, Unison mic preamps, +24dBu operation, Surround Sound,* and more. All in a sleek, expandable Thunderbolt 3 package for Mac and PC.”
Bob Moog Foundation launches charity benefit raffle for three iconic Moog Synthesizers to support music education
NEWS: The Bob Moog Foundation has announced a new 2018 charity benefit raffle for three iconic Moog Synthesizers to benefit music education including Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, and the Moogseum. The raffle includes three winners for a vintage Memorymoog, Moog Source, and Moog Rogue keyboard.
SYNTH NEWS: KORG announces new ELECTRIBE Wave virtual instrument for iOS, with a sound wavetable featuring sounds widely used in the latest music creation. Unlike a PCM synth, the wavetable allows you to repeatedly play fragments of short waveforms, and change the waveform position during playback.
UVI announces Devinity, a new expansion for its FALCON Instrument from sound designer and electronic musician Richard Devine
SYNTH NEWS: UVI has announced “Devinity,” delivering 120 patches showing off the unique style and approach to sound design of Richard Devine: Modular sequences, FX, pads, animated, percussive sequences and more await. Expand Falcon with 120 masterfully-designed presets; tweak and perform patches on-the-fly with macro controls; deep editing capabilities of Falcon allow limitless customization.
NEWS: The Bob Moog Foundation announced this week that it will be moving to downtown Asheville N.C., where it will also be launching the long-awaited Moogseum in 2019. Since its inception 12 years ago, the Bob Moog Foundation has been a force for science education, historical preservation, and creativity.
NEW MUSIC: Unique Messengers is comprised of two men who are passionate about their desire to inspire and motivate others through the messages in their music. Their new song “Give Up That Gun” contains a pertinent message they hope would inspire listeners to make positive changes in their lives and support gun reform.
Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park follows ‘Post Traumatic’ Album Release to Headline Monster Energy Outbreak Tour
NEWS: Mike Shinoda, co-lead vocalist for multi-platinum Grammy-Award winning rock band, Linkin Park, is set to headline the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour 2018. Shinoda’s North American tour follows headline shows across Asia and Europe and launch of his album ‘Post Traumatic’ in June.
NEWS: RØDE Microphones recently announced the appointment of legendary audio innovator Chris Woolf as a Senior Innovation Engineer, exclusive to RØDE. Formerly a Senior Engineer for the windshield and microphone accessories company Rycote®, Chris Woolf is the inventor of, amongst many other patented noise-reduction solutions, the ‘Rycote Lyre®’ shock-mount and the ‘Rycote Cyclone®’ Windshield system.
NEWS: In case you missed the recent launch, Stratum, a virtual instrument by Sonivox, is a rock-solid layering of a classic Supersaw synthesizer and a 4 operator FM synthesizer. Originally made famous by the Roland JP-8000, the Supersaw waveform has made a strong comeback in the trance and hardcore genres due to its edgy sound, particularly in synth leads and synth basses.
ScottWorks 2018: Inaugural Raymond Scott Festival in L.A. Celebrates Achievements of 1960s Electronic Music Pioneer
NEWS: The 2018 ScottWorks festival on Sept. 8 will include a symposium on Raymond Scott’s 1930s jazz compositions, and 1960s electronic music inventions. There will be presentations, panels, gallery displays, and interactive exhibits during the day, followed by a concert at night featuring live performances to celebrate Scott’s multi-dimensional music.
NEWS: IK Multimedia’s new analog synth module, the UNO, is now shipping, the company announced today. UNO Synth, IK’s first hardware synthesizer is a true analog synthesizer which brings all the warmth, depth and fatness you’d expect from a real analog synth. Ideal for notebook and “bed top” synth musicians.
NEWS: ARTURIA have announced their latest analog drum machine, the newest member of the “Brute” analog hardware family, DrumBrute Impact. In the sound department, DrumBrute Impact features 10 fantastic sounds accessible through 8 responsive performance pads.
MUSIC NEWS: The 12th edition of San Fermin in Nueva Orleans runs July 13-15, 2018, features live music including The Crystal Method. Nola Bulls, LLC steps up to the big leagues for the 12th edition of the ever-growing San Fermin in Nueva Orleans (SFNO) presented by The Advocate, a.k.a. The Running of the Bulls in New Orleans.
NEWS: RØDE Microphones has announced that two of its team members recently received U.S. patents through their ingenious work at RØDE. Technical Engineering Manager Luke Hamilton was awarded the patent for the gamechanging Hamilton Condenser Microphone Backplate and Lead Industrial Designer Samuel Trewartha for the innovative housing on the award-winning Stereo VideoMic X.
The innovative ElectroSpit Mobile Talkbox ESX-1 has been fully funded on Kickstarter. It’s a “tubeless talkbox reimagined for the future” for musicians which allows you to do classic formant talkbox effects without a portable amp and plastic tube, as made famous on songs like Frampton’s “‘Do You Feel Like We Do” (among many others!).
Waldorf Music has announced a full production launch and general availability of Kyra – the world’s first fully FPGA powered synthesizer featuring 128 voices (regardless of settings and effects), each with 10 oscillators per voice, and 8-part multitimbrality, based on the Exodus Digital Valkyrie previewed at Musicmesse.
SYNTH NEWS: Haken Audio has announced an addition to their multi-dimensional music instrument line-up, the ContinuumMini. A smaller version of the Continuum Fingerboard instrument was revealed at ContinuuCon 2018 in Paris. This version is far more affordable, and still has EagenMatrix virtual instrument on board. A Kickstarter will launch July/Aug. 2018.
NEWS: Summer is a great time to pick-up some awesome deals on music tech, much like the annual holiday sales. This is an ongoing “round up” of some of the best deals to be had during Spring/Summer 2018 including music software, plugins, virtual instruments, and more. (Updated 6.6.18)
NEWS: ModeAudio has announced a new sample library, “Dark Mass – Ambient Drone Samples” which according to the company, “surges forth, enveloping all it touches in quietly undulating intensity, sweeping through the landscape of your music with 706MB of caustic drones and meditative textures.”
SYNTH NEWS: Spitfire Audio has announced the roll out of their new LABS Program, which “is an infinite series of software instruments, free and easy to use; made by musicians in London for anyone, anywhere” according to the company. The first releases, SOFT PIANO and STRINGS are both completely free, with much more to come.
NEWS: Softube has released “Tube Delay” for MODULAR the software Eurorack synth for everyone. Modular synthesis is all about options; defining options by building a system one way or another, and exploring the sonic possibilities those options afford you.
SYNTH NEWS: The newly released TRK-01 REAKTOR instrument from Native Instruments (NI) marries classic mixing techniques with innovative sound design, sequencing, and modulation. It is designed to inspire creative and exciting kick-bass combinations, offering solid, powerful sound whilst also addressing some of the most common problems encountered when mixing kick and bass, such as clashing frequencies.
SYNTH NEWS: UVI Updates Retro Organ Suite to v1.5. The new version adds the “Yammy C10,” a new combo organ based on a fully-restored and reinvigorated 1970 Yamaha machine, and new rotary speaker effect improvements from the latest generation of the UVI Rotary plugin. The update is free for existing users.
EastWest Sounds Online announces Voices of the Empire cinematic vocal instrument featuring Uyanga Bold
NEWS: EastWest Sounds Online announces Voices of the Empire, a cinematic and ethnic vocal tour de force, featuring the raw, primal vocals of Uyanga Bold. Produced by Doug Rogers and Nick Phoenix, Voices of the Empire is a must-have virtual instrument for composers and musicians looking for that epic vocal sound for their next project.
NEWS: TC Electronic announce TC2290-DT plugin based on their classic 2290 Digital Delay, with included USB-powered control surface. Adopted by producers, FOH engineers and musicians such as David Gilmour, The Edge and Robben Ford, it set the benchmark for delay units.